The Mystery Behind a RV Toilet Flash
We do it every day, a couple of times. However, we don’t think about it. Until now! Today, we will look at how a RV toilet actually works when we flash. What does actually happen ‘behind the scene’ when you are flashing in an RV?
On top of that, we will be including an amazing infographic for you to share with your friends and family. Let them also know what they are doing, literally every day.
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You might be wondering, wait, how does the flush work in a recreational vehicle when there’s no moving part inside? How does the water move and how the heck does it keep itself clean, right?
Well, we had the same questions and that’s why we dig deep into the design of a RV toilet flash. Interestingly, the flash actually uses a technology called Bowl Siphon which keeps the toilet highly functioning despite having little to no moving parts.
The bowl siphon method is tough to describe in words and we don’t have to do that either as there’s an infographic on your favor but in case if you want to know, here’s the process. The tank will provide water taking from a fixed source (which is also stored in the RV). Later on, the rim system will make sure that the water spins properly and the siphon will suck it out from the closet bend.
There’s a water reservoir right under the toilet and it is where your water will get stored before being flashed out.
The whole process is very different than a plane toilet. You will see a lot of air movement in a planet toilet as they heavily depend on air suction to operate. However, an RV toilet doesn’t need that as you are still operating within the surface.
RV Toilet Flash The Tank
Let’s talk about the big boy, our toilet tank. Where is it located, you ask? It is located right at the upper part of the toilet. Unfortunately, unlike your home toilet, an RV toilet will not be able to provide you with unlimited source of water. That’s understandable as you don’t have the luxury to actually have water from a pipeline as the water will have to be injected there before you start using the toilet.
The regular RV toilet can hold as much as 2 gallons of clean water which is more than enough for a few flash sessions. There is a catch here. The RV toilet will always flush out faster than a home toilet and it can go as fast as under 3 seconds at times. That’s tough for you, especially if you are trying to save water.
Should I carry additional gallons of water in my RV?
It completely depends on the length of your journey. Are you going to stay in your RV for a week? In that case, getting extra water gallons would definitely be a good idea. On the other hand, if you are not going to stay in your RV for more than two days then you will most likely survive in two gallons.
There are some people who use shady tactics like pissing in a bottle to save flush water and that might be a good idea for some people. That is definitely unhygienic so we would not be recommending that to you.
The Magic Inside
Now, you had your moment, you are clean and you press on that flush button. What happens next? The system and the mechanism is a lot like your home unit but obviously, it is a bit manual as the whole thing is working on your RV.
When you do the handle arm action, the first thing that will happen is a movement in the handle arm. Once the arm moves, water will be able to come in the main toilet bowl and that’s how your waste will get cleaned.
Your waste will get carried away with some water and the remaining water will be there for your next round of action. The refill is automatic in almost all RVs (unless you have a very old model).
This is why, you will always see water in your toilet when you are in an RV unlike when you are on a plane.
Now, before we end this article, you should also know how to clean your toilet. Some people think that as they are using a RV toilet, they do not have to necessarily clean it. That is actually both right and wrong at the same time.
You probably do not need to clean it if you have rented the RV and it was not in your contract to properly manage the unit when you are using it. However, for your own hygiene and comfort, we will actually recommend cleaning your toilet once in every two days when you are in a RV.
It might sound a lot to some people because we don’t clean our home toilet once in every two days, however, you have to realize that the RV toilet is not getting all the benefit that your home unit is getting. There’s the shortage of water, the flow is slow and you will also not be able to properly manage the waste if you don’t clean it.
When we say ‘clean’, we do not mean that you should spend around 1 hour every day cleaning your RV toilet. What we mean is having a quick fix cream or detergent to keep the smells away. This will give you ease when you are using the same toilet on the next go.
Most people actually get RV for more than a week and if that’s your case, you would want to make sure that you are cleaning your RV every other day. You should definitely not pile up the cleaning process as it can be messy at times.
Now that you know enough about RV toilets, it is time to enjoy the infographic to get a visual view of how the whole thing operates. Also, feel free to share the infographic with your RV friends.